Here is Bulletin_2018-05-13
Why wait for a formal review? I don’t know why the Association of U.S. Catholic Priests (AUSCP) Facebook page bothers to spend time on linking to articles like Archbishop Gregory: The time is right to review Mass translations in the America – Jesuit Review magazine. It’s obvious to us here at St. Peter’s that some probable members and associates of the AUSCP have already taken matters into their own hands.
The text in the Roman Missal used at Mass and the text in my Daily Roman Missal agree – word-for-word. What we hear at Mass, however, does not necessarily agree with either. Apparently, our Pastor has done his own ‘expert’ review of the current Mass translations. “Charity” becomes “love”, “graciously” disappears, and many other changes are frequent and consistent. Apparently, the personal views and opinions of the celebrant supersede what the Church has given to him to pray on our behalf. He has his own separate interpretation and translation.
Would it not be refreshing to pray once again as “one body and one Spirit” as St. Paul urged us in the second reading today:
I, a prisoner for the Lord,
urge you to live in a manner worthy of the calling
you have received,
with all humility and gentleness, with patience,
bearing with one another through love,
striving to preserve the unity of the Spirit
through the bond of peace:
one body and one Spirit,
as you were also called to the one hope of your calling;
one Lord, one faith, one baptism;
one God and Father of all,
who is over all and through all and in all.
I suppose we could also add: “one translation”.
Here is Bulletin_2018-04-29
Social Justice Warriors? No, Social Justice Hypocrites!
In the right hand column of our Home Page you will find a list of links to “Catholic” websites. Click on any or all of those and you will will learn about the death of Alfie Evans. Alfie, being Baptized and under the age of reason, is in Heaven today – he is now St. Alfie. (Read the story here: BREAKING: Alfie Evans has died)
His story is a terrible demonstration of the abuse of human rights by those who have no hearts, no human compassion. The right to life and parental rights have no place in the thinking of the people who caused this atrocity. This is truly a great social injustice.
So, dear readers, where are the ‘catholic social justice warriors’? Where are their demonstrations against this evil? Where are the busloads of their activists with signs proclaiming their outrage for this injustice? Where indeed?
I’ll be glad to show you where 1,200 priests who claim to be among the strongest workers for ‘catholic social justice’ are. I’ll be glad to give you the link to the pro-human rights, socially minded Association of U.S. Catholic Priests website – click here.
Once you get to their site, use their search engine and search for “Alfie” or “Alfie Evans”. Here is the response you receive: “Your search did not match any documents.”
If you go to the AUSCP site, you won’t be able to avoid seeing one of their ‘catholic social justice’ triumphs proclaimed in all its amazing glory. This says it all.
Yes, it’s easy to say “-make every day- -EARTH DAY-“. It’s more difficult, however, to stand up to corrupt ideas and government officials. Sure, AUSCP members may have been jailed for demonstrating for some of their seemingly important social justice causes, but, I ask you, where are they when it comes time to challenge the government (whether it be in the UK or in the USA) when it tramples the God-given rights and dignity of human beings the way He created them to be or for the salvation of their souls?
For the AUSCP the answer is simple: “Your search did not match any documents.”
The AUSCP will hold their assembly in 57 day, perhaps our Pastor will decide not to attend this year.
St. Alfie, pray for us!
Here is Bulletin_2018-04-22
When I press the publish button this evening, this will be our 343rd post. It was to be expected from the beginning that some readers would have reason to comment on our posts. And comment they did. Some were constructive. Some were affirming. Some were critical. We read all the comments and tried to learn from them. However, owing to discretion, prudence, and charity we elected to refrain from publishing some comments.
We will take this opportunity to highlight two radically different reactions to our last post For the Sheep in Exile – 2018-04-15.
While we appreciate the opening remarks in the first comment, we were somewhat hesitant to publish it. That is because we at the Sheep of Kephas blog have avoided making any statements about what goes on at the Chancery. It is simply beyond our scope and competence. Nevertheless, this comment reflects how some from St. Peter’s have come to think.
The second comment is critical of my wife and me because of our blog. That reaction certainly is representative of a segment of parishioners at St. Peter’s. If after reading all 342 of our preceding posts, someone comes to the conclusions presented in this comment, they are entitled to that opinion. We would never hesitate to publish their comments. In doing so, please remember, we can still pray for each other and let God sort this out.
Here is Bulletin_2018-04-15
Visiting Priest: In last week’s bulletin, Bulletin_2018-04-08, Communion Services were scheduled for Thursday, April 12 and Friday, April 13. That is usually a tip off that our Pastor is going to take an extended weekend. This evening at the the 5:00 PM Mass, there was, indeed, a visiting priest. As usual, there was little or no advance notice.
The as yet unidentified priest was a classmate of our Pastor while in Belgium some 46 years ago. He lives in Lexington, VA and is a retired priest from the Diocese of Richmond. He pretty much says the “black” and does the “red”, but he uses the same unusual Eucharistic Prayer that our Pastor uses.
Thoughts: We are approaching the end of the “exile”. It was not 40 years in the desert, it was only four years attending Mass at other parishes. We have seen the stark contrast between the Church and church. If you are like my wife and me, you may now know more about your faith than before. You may have grown in spiritual understanding and fortitude. I, for one, have had to seek spiritual direction and counseling – monthly Confession was a minimum, often I had to go every two weeks.
The parish to which we return has changed. Perhaps we will never again see St. Peter’s at “status quo ante”. If there is now division, if there are parishioners who can’t bring themselves to return, if there are those who have been hurt, we the “exiles”, will have to practice charity. We will have to pray. We as a parish will have to come together. Come together to worship, to receive the Sacraments, and help each other as we seek the fullness of salvation.
Most of all, we will have to welcome a new pastor and help him do at St. Peter’s what the Bishop will ask him to do. – – Just a thought ….